Ukrainian church leader Patriarch Filaret gets coronavirus virus after blaming gays for pandemic
The 91-year-old, who is the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate, is currently in a stable condition being treated in hospital, with Ukrainian website 11.2 international also reporting he has pneumonia.
Filaret's church confirmed the coronavirus diagnosis in a Facebook post.
"We inform that during planned testing, His Holiness Patriarch Filaret of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine tested positive for Covid-19," the statement said. "Now His Holiness Bishop is undergoing treatment at a hospital."
Filaret caused controversy earlier this year after he made comments about the coronavirus being a result of gay marriage.
He told Ukrainian national TV network Channel 4 in March that the pandemic was "God's punishment for the sins of men, the sinfulness of humanity".
"First of all, I mean same-sex marriage," Filaret added. ■